Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Timed Online Auction, 13 - 28 February 2023

Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Including Property of Collectors and The Harry Kantor Collection.

Harry Kantor (1934-2019), a Capetonian, moved to Harare in the late 1950s. He supported local art institutions such as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Gallery Delta, serving as Chairman of both institutions. He promoted Zimbabwe's artists globally and amassed over 300 works, including European and indigenous African painters, Victorian and Chinese pieces. His collection includes significant roots of early Zimbabwean painting. Five paintings from his collection are on display at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts' exhibition "When We See Us", featuring African figurative art.

Lots 51-62 can be viewed on our current Timed Online Auction, and lot 75 in our Curatorial Voices Auction, both taking place on the 28th of February.


Sold for

ZAR 20 871
Lot 57
  • Kingsley Sambo; Music and Drink
  • Kingsley Sambo; Music and Drink
  • Kingsley Sambo; Music and Drink


Lot Estimate
ZAR 12 000 - 16 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 20 871

About this Item

Zimbabwean 1936-1977
Music and Drink

signed and dated 1966; dated '1966.11' and inscribed with the artist's name and title on the stretcher; inscribed with the artist's name, date, and title on a label adhered to the reverse

acrylic on canvas
65,5 by 83cm excluding frame; 69 by 87,5 by 4,5cm including frame

Notes

Kingsley Sambo, a Zimbabwean artist, studied art at the Cyrene Mission boarding school in the 1940s. In 1960, he became the cartoonist for the Daily News in Harare (then Salisbury). While in Harare, in the early 1960s, he joined Frank McEwen’s Workshop School, where he received further training in painting and began exhibiting in competitions and shows. Although he did sometimes sculpt works in stone, he is well known as a cartoonist and oil painter. His works are expressionistic, with loose brushstrokes and bright colours, and depict everyday life. Additionally, Sambo was a jazz guitarist who played at township shebeens, and the lively dance scenes he experienced were also a theme in his oeuvre.

Sambo’s works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; the British Museum, London; and MoMA, New York City.

Harry Kantor (1934-2019), a Capetonian, moved to Harare in the late 1950s. He supported local art institutions such as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Gallery Delta, serving as Chairman of both institutions. He promoted Zimbabwe's artists globally and amassed over 300 works, including European and indigenous African painters, Victorian and Chinese pieces. His collection includes significant roots of early Zimbabwean painting. Five paintings from his collection are on display at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts' exhibition "When We See Us", featuring African figurative art.

Lots 51-62 can be viewed on our current Timed Online Auction, and lot 75 in our Curatorial Voices Auction, both taking place on the 28th of February.

Provenance

The Harry Kantor Collection.

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